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    #1

    Obviously somebody has been smoking here.

    (1) Obviously somebody has been smoking here.
    (2) "You look tired." - "Yes, I've been studying math all day."
    (3) I left the company yesterday. I've worked there for 15 years.
    (4) I left the company yesterday. I worked there for 15 years.
    (5) I left the company yesterday. I've been working there for 15 years.

    Which is correct?
    I am not a teacher. I am currently studying basic English grammar.

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    #2

    Re: Obviously somebody has been smoking here.

    I can see the connection between 3, 4 and 5, but what is the connection between all five sentences. Where did you find this bizarre question?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Obviously somebody has been smoking here.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can see the connection between 3, 4 and 5, but what is the connection between all five sentences. Where did you find this bizarre question?
    This is a question that I made myself.
    I should have made a better question.
    Please just disregard (1) and (2).
    I am not a teacher. I am currently studying basic English grammar.

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    #4

    Re: Obviously somebody has been smoking here.

    OK, but even just concentrating on 3, 4 and 5, can you tell us what aspect of language you were concentrating on when you came up with those three sentences?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Obviously somebody has been smoking here.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    OK, but even just concentrating on 3, 4 and 5, can you tell us what aspect of language you were concentrating on when you came up with those three sentences?
    That's hard for me to explain. So I explain it with an example. I take #5 as an example. I want to know whether or not when a native English speaker has just heard #5, he/she will think that the "I've been working there for 15 years." part implies "I am still working there" (,in which case, #5 does not make sense).
    Last edited by YAMATO2201; 01-Mar-2017 at 13:43.
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    #6

    Re: Obviously somebody has been smoking here.

    "I've been working there for 15 years" means that the speaker still works there.
    "I worked there for 15 years" means that the speaker does not work there now.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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